Love as an active verb

Mindful Living In my article in February I wrote about meditation and marriage and how both contribute to deepening our sense of who we are at the deepest level of our being. Couples are often reminded at the marriage ceremony to view love, not as a noun, but as an action verb; to see love…

Ukraine and Veronica’s Veil

Mindful Living Laurence Freeman who leads the World Community for Christian Meditation spoke recently about the sickening invasion of Ukraine. He said: “It’s a really dark time for the world and we have to approach it with as much faith and hope and love as possible. The way forward is going to be difficult and…

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Meditation and marriage

Mindful Living My wife and I celebrated 45 years of marriage in August.  I have made many commitments in my life, but two of them stand out as having shaped me, as having been deeply formative influences on the person I am today. Those two factors are marriage and meditation. While we married at a…

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Meditation and being loved

Mindful Living We all want to be loved. My youngest granddaughter has been staying with us for some time now and has grown increasingly close and loving. She will often tenderly stroke my arm when I’m playing with her or reading a story. And, just before she leaves for crèche each morning, she used to…

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Becoming who we already are

Mindful Living These articles on meditation each month are written to point towards a contemplative way of being in the world and to nourish in readers an awareness of who they are at the deepest level of their being. It is not particularly helpful for anyone to take a single article and to draw inferences…

Be still and aware of God’s presence

Mindful Living Thinking hinders the coming into awareness of the unconscious, including our awareness that the spirit of God dwells in us. It is through contemplative prayer that we are able to experience, albeit to a very different degree, the kind of experience Jesus had in prayer with his father. Christian dogma and doctrine, important…

Meditation can cure our blindness

Mindful Living While walking one day, Jesus caught sight of a person who had been blind from birth. We can be confident that just as Jesus didn’t ignore him neither will he ignore us. The Lord considers us worthy of his attention. While this person had been blind from birth, the parable nonetheless speaks to…